KEVIN PORTER JR.
KEVIN PORTER JR. 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: ANYWHERE FROM LATE LOTTERY TO LOW 20’S IN FIRST ROUND
- High flying athlete, capable of putting on the highlight reel dunks
- Solid footwork when driving with the ball, has a crossover that he likes to use to attack his defender off the dribble
- Left-handed shooter who can gather and release his shot with desirable quickness
- The type of player who’ll always bring the competitiveness, and always wants to beat the man in front of him
- Still scratching the surface of the finer points of the game, and might need a bit more time to develop into a true “professional” basketball player
- Decision-making and shot selection will be the subject of scrutiny, as he sometimes plays with too much of a chip on his shoulder
- Despite the energy and passion he plays with, it can wane from time to time, especially on defense
When you watch USC’s Kevin Porter Jr. play, the thought has to creep through your mind about the enormous potential that he flashes, if things all come together for him. Between his ability to create shots off the dribble, set up teammates after breaking down the defense, attack the hole and dunk on anyone standing in his way, or simply pull up and take the jumper off the dribble, Porter can be a very dangerous player.
Though his 6’6 and 210lb-frame might not be eye-popping on paper, Porter looks like he has room to fill out a body that’s already well-built, meaning he could be a very difficult player to guard as his body and his game matures.
Porter has drawn comparisons to Jamal Crawford, which is somewhat ironic considering Porter has a close relationship with the veteran swingman, as both of them hail from the greater Seattle area. It’s an appropriate comparison, as the biggest knock on Crawford has always been his proclivity to try and do everything himself, to a fault; that same knock will be one that scouts will ask themselves about Porter.
The former Rainer Beach High School star in Seattle, WA has the attributes NBA teams look for in a young guard. Porter is a definite first round talent in our eyes. Where he ends up getting selected in the 2019 NBA Draft should come down to how well he performs in the latter portion of USC’s season as well as individual draft workouts. The NBA team that drafts Porter will be getting, in our eyes, a future solid NBA starter.
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